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Open Tabs: Katie Couric Is Not a Nice Person, and John Oliver Attacks Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 16, 2014 | Comments ()


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Open Tabs is a round-up designed to allow me to close all the goddamn tabs to interesting trade-news stories that I don’t have anything to say about.

  • According to Sheila Weller’s upcoming book The News Sorority, Katie Couric did not endear herself to her CBS staffers by immediately comparing herself to Hillary Clinton, by taking a huge salary while others were forced to take pay cuts, and by being abrasive with her co-workers. It sounds like her and Matt Lauer really were a good match. (NYDailyNews)

  • A Father and the Bride 3 is reportedly in the works, and it would center on the youngest son of the character played by Steve Martin. The son would be getting gay married. (NF)

  • Netflix, which will probably be losing PBS Kids programming on July 1st, continues to push “original” childrens’ programming, knowing that kids rely on Netflix as much or more as their parents. They’re rolling out in 2015 a series based on the Mattel doll franchise Ever After High. A movie is expected to precede the series. (THR)

  • Speaking of kids’ shows, the Cartoon Network will produce new episodes of The Powerpuff Girls starting in 2016. (Variety)

    “Everyday is Mother’s Day. Let’s give dad this one Sunday in June, and, you know, be good spirited about it.” — Something an actual Fox News personality said. Aloud. On TV. (RawStory)

    President Obama’s eldest daughter, Malia Obama, has been working as a production assistant on Extant, the Spielberg produced CBS sci-fi series starring Halle Berry. (The Wrap)

  • In Britain, profanities are allowed on television after 9 p.m. Unfortunately, an episode of Honey Boo Boo containing 5 f-bombs and 11 instances when someone said “sh*t” aired at 8 p.m. there. TLC has apologized for the language, but unfortunately, not for the show. (THR)

    There is a model who looks just like Elsa in Frozen. Weird. (Uproxx)

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    Here’s the season two trailer for Ray Donovan. I’m sorry.

    Finally, we’ve heard all the arguments against Dan Snyder continuing to use the team name Redskins already, but leave it to John Oliver to breathe fresh new, hilarious life into the debate. F*CKING CHANGE THE NAME ALREADY, SNYDER.



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  • Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


    • Quatermain

      "“Everyday is Mother’s Day. Let’s give dad
      this one Sunday in June, and, you know, be good spirited about it.” —
      Something an actual Fox News personality said. Aloud. On TV."

      OH MY GOD, NO. Why aren't we already at this person's door with pitchforks and torches, baying for their blood?

    • Cheetahdriver

      Pitchforks and blood are so 20th century....we have drones now.

    • Coolg82

      If you don't learn to play the recorder...you're fucked.

    • John G.
      Katie Couric did not endear herself to her CBS staffers by immediately comparing herself to Hillary Clinton, by taking a huge salary while others were forced to take pay cuts, and by being abrasive with her co-workers.

      Jesus, what is it about reading things off a teleprompter that makes these people into such egomaniacs? Literally ANYONE could do your job, assholes!

    • e jerry powell

      I didn't major in broadcast journalism, it was something I only dabbled in.

      The thing about national anchors is that oftentimes they don't even write their own copy the way we had to back in the day. Our station did not allow rip-and-read from the wire copy; we had to re-write everything we put out over the air. At least Brian Williams, as the managing editor at NBC News, has to put the work in before the stuff shows up on the teleprompter.

    • e jerry powell
      A Father and the Bride 3 is reportedly in the works, and it would center on the youngest son of the character played by Steve Martin. The son would be getting gay married.

      No. NO. A THOUSAND TIMES NO.

      Could there be a more cynical abuse of cinemagoers?

    • Cheetahdriver

      Have you bought popcorn lately?

    • e jerry powell

      Not at a multiplex, no. The concession stand at the multiplex is an entirely different grade of abuse from a different source.

    • kirbyjay

      I'm sure Barbara Walters would be surprised to learn that Katie Couric was the first female network anchor, 40 years after she was the first female network anchor.

    • _Alexander_

      " Finally, we’ve heard all the arguments against Dan Snyder continuing to
      use the team name Redskins already, but leave it to John Oliver to
      breathe fresh new, hilarious life into the debate. F*CKING CHANGE THE
      NAME ALREADY, SNYDER."

      After so much pressure Snyder finally agreed to change the name. The Redskins are no more. Now ladies and gentelman let me present to you the brand new Brownskins!

    • Sara_Tonin00

      Dude, if CBS is so stupid as to ask other name anchors to take a paycut after lots of publicity about Katie Couric's salary, that's on them for being idiots.

      Btw, the comments about Diane Sawyer in that linked article are silly. Oh no! Diane managed her show! And checked with her staff to make sure they were following through on her orders if they hadn't done so in the past!

      Oliver's piece would've been perfect...if he'd just avoided saying the name himself.

      (btw, the model is pretty, and she certainly is blond with blue eyes and light skin, but doesn't look "just" like Elsa - eye and face shape are both different. But great makeup job)

    • TacoBellRey

      Can you imagine how terrifying it would be if she did look exactly like Elsa?

    • Alice

      Not Daniel Tiger! Letting my kid watch PBS is the only way I can justify parking him in front of the tv while the infant sleeps so I can fold laundry. It's PBS!

    • Chrispeare

      Holy shit. That model is gorgeous.

    • Al Borland's Beard

      Fox News was also fooled by a 4chan hoax saying that feminists were trying to end Father's Day. Fox News saying or reporting something ridiculous should come as no surprise to anyone.

    • jM

      If it is Father in the Bride 3, that series took a dark turn.

    • Bert_McGurt

      Lannister - the Early Years

    • "President Obama’s eldest daughter, Malia Obama, has been working as a production assistant on Extant, the Spielberg produced CBS sci-fi series starring Halle Berry."

      In related news, Mitt Romney's son Tagg is working as a producer for Extinct, a PBS documentary about his family's political career.

    • John G.

      this joke brought to you by November 2012.

    • Had that in my back pocket for two years just waiting for CBS to greenlight the series.

    • e jerry powell

      You never know. If George P. (FOURTH generation) can get elected in Texas, nothing says a third-generation Romney is out of the question.

    • B. Garcia

      I hope you're right. I'd like to see every single son in that family get hoisted by his own petard.

    • Uh, two Ray Donovan trailers...no John Oliver...

    • Bert_McGurt

      No no, that's the clip. Oliver's just so angry he's threatening to make Snyder watch Ray Donovan.

    • pajiba

      Oops. Sorry. Fixed! Thanks.

    • Bert_McGurt

      "Open Tabs is a round-up designed to allow me to close all the goddamn tabs to interesting trade-news stories that I don’t have anything to say about."

      And here I hoped you had such an inspiring and life-changing Father's Day that you were going to start paying for everyone's drinks...

      ETA: If that movie IS about his gay son's wedding I hope to hell they change it to Father of the Bridegroom or something.

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